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Russia's players were significantly taller and heavier than the Saudis, a help when challenging for the ball and when the penalty area was crowded.

Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho has lauded midfielder, Aleksandr Golovin's performance for Russian Federation against Saudi Arabia on the opening day of the 2018 World Cup.

However, the forward starts on the bench for Egypt's opening match with Uruguay and should be primed for the clash with Russian Federation at the Krestovsky Stadium. "He can dribble, he can run behind spaces", said Mourinho.

'Egypt can hurt them. Before Thursday, Russia had not won a game since October 2017 - a 2-0 win over South Korea, courtesy of two own goals.

I'm sure we'll win the game now. If not, they need to go to the last match against Uruguay searching for points'.

Mourinho, who was impressed with Golovin's display, however, said he was disappointed with the way Saudi approached the game against the hosts.

'The manager changed the team in relation to the match I watched in Austria.

Dzyuba spent half the season on loan after reported disputes with Zenit St. Petersburg management, but forced his way back into the Russian Federation team with strong play.

"But I think they cannot score many goals against good teams, so I don't think they can afford to concede many either".

But on Friday morning, the nation was in jovial mood with Sports.ru declaring the team 'played like Atletico Madrid'.

"We've been covering all their expenses for three years, we've hired the best coaching team and a world-class head coach for them, but they did not fulfil what was required of them even by five per cent".


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